Companion Animal Microchipping & Registration

Lifetime Registration Fees

Non-desexed dog/cat


Desexed dog/cat (desexing certificate or statutory declaration required)


Desexed dog/cat owned by a Pensioner (Pension card required and desexing certificate or statutory declaration)


Registered Breeder


Assistance Animal (Guide Dog)

No Charge

Non Desexed - Under 6 months


Animal purchased from the pound/shelter


Late Registration fee (applicable if registration fee is not paid within 28 days of the date the animal is required to be registered)


Working dog - No Charge

Registration of all companion animals (cats and dogs) is a requirement under the Companion Animals Act. One-off fees are applicable for the lifetime registration of all animals except working dogs, which are required to be registered but no fee is applicable. The definition of a working dog under the Companion Animals Act is:

A working dog is a dog used primarily for the purpose of droving, tending, working or protecting stock, and includes a dog being trained as a working dog.

Registrations at no charge for working dogs must be accompanied by a signed Statutory Declaration stating the dog meets the criteria as a working dog.

Hunting dogs and guard dogs do not have any special status as working dogs under the Companion Animals Act. Just because an animal is kept for purposes other than that of a pet, it does not necessarily mean it is a working dog.

Under the Companion Animals Act, dogs that meet the definition of a working dog are exempt from microchipping and registering when: the working dog resides on land defined and rated as farmland under the Local Government Act 1993.

All other working dogs MUST be microchipped and registered.

Visit the NSW Pet Registry which allows you to download forms, register your pet and update your details. The Registry also has a Frequently Asked Questions page.
This is the new link to the NSW Pet Registry: